Cessna 180 (oz2984)


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Cessna 180. Scale model for R/C. Cessna 180 from Hobby Helpers sheet 1163, dated 1963. Span is 42in. For single channel RC and a Cox TeeDee .049.

Quote: "When the Cessna people designed the full-size craft they must have had novice radio control flyers in mind; their boxy high-winger scales down to a fine R/C project that takes most any 1-channel receiver. Cessna 180 by Paul Del Gatto.

The Cessna 180 is particularly good for scale R/C. Its proportions provide the required stability. Model construction, despite the sleek appearance, is not much more difficult than the average.

Our original craft was thoroughly tested to assure you plenty of enjoyable flying. An interesting feauture of the real plane is its large vertical tail, which proved more than enough for the model. Usually, real aircraft have tail surfaces too small for raido control model purposes. The dihedral shown is necessary for good spiral stability because of that big tail and the high torque of a powerful 1/2A engine.

Dozens of excellent flights were made with both the transistorised Citizen-Ship and Kraft receivers, both the relayless type and the Vari-Comp escapement. It is recommended that alkaline batteries be used. We prefer nickel cadmiums for superior reliability. Recaharged between flying sessions they will last a couple of seasons.

By using a 225-mah capacity battery pack which gives 3.6 volts, you will find escapement operation reliable at all times..."

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Cessna 180 (oz2984) by Paul Del Gatto 1963 - model pic

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    Cessna 180
    by Paul Del Gatto
    from American Modeler
    November 1963 
    42in span
    Scale IC R/C Cabin Civil
    clean :)
    all formers complete :)
    got article :)
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I built one of these in about 1965. Mine flew very well with single channel rudder only escapement. Powered by a Fox 07 that pulled a little bigger prop than an 049, also ran better than a Cox reed valve motor. Mine was a little heavy, would fold up the weak landing gear and skid to a stop on the nose. Somebody offered me $20, a pretty high offer in 1965, and I let him have it. Lightened up a bit, with a better landing gear, electric would be the way to go nowadays.
DougSmith - 07/01/2015
Looks like a good interpretation of the classic. Thinking of doing it with elecric instead of oily and noisy 0.049.
Fred Burman - 13/10/2022
Hello my friends. Although this model is an excellent flyer, it is not very accurate as far as scale precision is concerned. The fuselage shape is wrong and the worst part, although easily corrected, the shape of the side windows is completely different as compared to the original. Anybody out there correcting this otherwise excellent design? Two of the most accurate free flight or single channel renditions of the Cessna 180 are the Graupner and Berkeley kits.
Eduardo - 13/10/2022
Eduardo, I don't think it was ever designed as a precision scale or even a close standoff as they are done now, more like a nice semi scale looking plane for the radio and power of the period. Paul Del Gatto was a prolific designer of the time and had many plans published and kits produced from his designs.
Douglas Babb - 13/10/2022
Hi Douglas, I agree but I still think that it could be improved with not much effort in order to make it more accurate and attractive,
Paul del Gatto was, as you say, a very prolific and wonderful designer. Unfortunately he died too young in 1964. The same year that P,E, Norman and S. Calhoun Smith also passed away and both also extremely talented modelers.
Eduardo - 13/10/2022
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